No Holds Barred
No Holds Barred (1989)

Hulk Hogan, in an inarguably appropriate casting choice, plays a professional wrestler in this action-packed drama. Rip (Hogan) is a grappling star who is approached by Brell (Kurt Fuller), the new head of the World Television Network.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 2, 1989
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
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Critic Score: 11% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

The movie never takes itself seriously and director Tom Wright (TV's "Beauty and the Beast") has fun with the wrestling montages. Hogan himself has an appealing screen presence -- like a gallant teddy bear who goes berserk every 10 minutes or so.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The film is utterly lacking in the campy quality of the World Wrestling Federation telecasts.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Hogan as The Ripper is a force of nature here, and he makes "No Holds Barred" in to a fun action cartoon.

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Liz Braun
Toronto Sun

Maybe we should mention that the gruesome violence in the movie was enough to make this adult wince.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

As cartoonish as its star.

Ralph Novak
People Magazine

Racist, misogynist, dumb, sadistic, lazy and tiresome, the film is about a big bout between a huge heroic white guy and a huge villainous black guy.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

For months now, Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro have been sitting in their dens and nervously clutching their Oscars. They knew that an unprecedented challenge was looming... the arrival of Hulk Hogan in his first starring role in a movie.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Charmless, stupid and badly made, No Holds Barred makes Rocky look like Citizen Pain.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The final showdown between Rip and Zeus is overlong and full of uninspired wrestling stunts. The camera crews of the World Wrestling Federation do a much better job.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
terrible and classic at the same time
Jim Woehr
20 years before Mickey Rourke in the Wrestler, Terry "Hulk" Hogan gave an Oscar worthy performance in a similar role. I'm kidding, it's crap… More
EightThirty .
It was cool when I was Little
Dean McKenna
I liked WWF when I was a teenager since in this Hulk Hogan's debut role of the muscle-bound wrestling film. At the final wrestling battle, Hulk Hogan vs… More